WP hits back with more ship talk

WP hits back with more ship talk
JOB SITUATION: Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang at a rally yesterday where he said the rising unemployment rate among graduates worried him.
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The ship analogies just won't go away.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong had first referred to the PAP as a "cruise ship with a definite destination" while the opposition parties are gambling ships adrift.

Yesterday, several WP candidates retorted with their own analogies.


WP chief Low Thia Khiang said the cruise ship was in fact a luxury ship which PAP leaders had been taking for the past 50 years. He added: "The Singaporeans, on the other hand, have been taking the sampan.

"The PAP is detached from reality. They can't understand the Singaporeans' struggles on the sampan."


The gambling ship can't be WP's, said its Hougang SMC candidate, Mr Png Eng Huat.

He said the WP was opposed to the legislation of casinos in 2005. "That ship belongs to the PAP," he said.

He added that there was only one ship and it required urgent repair.

"The ship is overcrowded. Elevators break down. The sick sleep in the corridors. The ATM doesn't dispense cash, only a statement to look at. But no cash will come out until you're age 65.

"And the captain and the chief officer are grossly overpaid. So the WP is here to change the crew," he said.


The PAP is steering the ship towards the direction of a 6.9-million population in 15 years' time, made up of 55 per cent citizens, said WP's Aljunied GRC candidate Chen Show Mao.

He added that it was sailing towards a projected economic growth of 3 to 5 per cent in the first five years, before tapering to 2 to 3 per cent.

Yesterday, Mr Chen suggested a different direction: one million fewer people, with 60 per cent of the population made of citizens, and to lower economic growth by 0.5 per cent.

"But we understand that you are the captain during your term of the appointment with the right to form a government to steer the ship. We have an obligation to tell you that we feel you're going in the wrong direction.

"We also have the responsibility to work with you to ensure safe passage for all the passengers," Mr Chen said.

This article was first published on September 9, 2015.
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